2. Jump Around. Jump Around. Jump Up. Jump Up, And Get Down.
Okay, you don’t have to get down with House Of Pain, but simply moving your body can stimulate your brain. Physical movement increases the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mental well-being. Movement also increases BDNF which helps nerve cells transmit information better. That’s not all. A 1999 Salk study led to the discovery that the adult human brain is capable of producing new brain cells. It’s a process called neurogenesis, and physical exercise stimulates this. (See next slide.) If you work from home, besides the potential paparazzi, what’s stopping you from taking a ten minute disco break? If you are in a cubicle, jumping jacks might be out of the question but walking is not. Walking, like other forms of movement, increases your heart rate and therefore increases blood flow and oxygen to your muscles…and to your brain—and it boosts memory functions and the ability for abstract reasoning.